Saturday, December 5, 2015

Coding (in Pajamas!)

We participated in coding last Friday (while wearing our comfy pajamas since it was Spirit Day.) Coding is the first step to introduce children to computer science. The "Hour of Code" is the largest learning campaign in history to show students (and teachers) that computer science is fun, easy, and accessible at all ages! Your child can access this from home. I've linked it to our class site (class links) and passwords were sent home on Dec. 4th. Have your child show you what they are doing with coding!

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Second Step

Second Step Lessons in grade 3 focus on social skills. Third-graders recently learned a strategy for solving problems or resolving conflicts with peers. This summarizes the STEP strategy!


We have a beautiful view outside our classroom windows. How lucky we are!

Class Rewards

We earn class tickets for positive behavior. When we collect 15 tickets students brainstorm a list of possible rewards and vote on the one they'd like. Here is a picture of a nerf ball game that we recently had. Other things our class picked this year are a Lego Party, slushies, and breakfast in the classroom.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

What's The Matter?

We conducted an experiment to investigate chemical change. Students formed a hypothesis: Which solution would best clean the tarnished pennies? Ask your child about their prediction and the results.

Sunday, October 4, 2015


"What's The Matter?" was the name of the hands on science program that our class participated in last week. Our visiting scientist from High Tough High Tech kicked off this new unit of study by helping us investigate solids, liquids, gases and their properties.

More Photos of Reader's Workshop

Building A Reading Life

We are well into the new units of study in Reader's Workshop. The first unit in the third grade focuses on building a reading life-and we are! So far we've learned: to read as if books were gold, how to find just right books, how to set goals and how to track progress, how to share good books and talk with reading partners, how to envision and/or collect facts, how to check for comprehension and how to make higher level predictions. Here are a few photos of classmates reading with grit!